has announced SoftRAID 3, the Mac OS X release of the RAID disk utility software.
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The product has been totally rewritten for Mac OS X, according to Timothy Standing, SoftRAID LLC’s vice president of engineering. The SoftRAID 3 driver sends data to two or more drives at once, increasing bandwidth (RAID 0 – striping), and/or adding redundancy (RAID 1 – mirroring). Striping is essential for disk intensive applications such as uncompressed video capture, according to
MacTech magazine. Mirroring increases data availability and functions as instant backup for mission critical data stored on servers and workstations.
SoftRAID 3 supports non-RAID and RAID levels 0 and 1 on any combination of FireWire, ATA, SCSI and Fibre Channel drives. Users can update their Mac OS 9 SoftRAID volumes to OS X Volumes. Plus, SoftRAID offers automatic rebuilding of Mirror volumes and automatic notification of errors. It also boasts features such as I/O counts, disk error tracking, and conversion of standard volumes to RAID volumes.
SoftRAID 3 is expected to ship in about 30-45 days at a suggested retail price of US$149, with upgrades at $99. SoftRAID 2.2.2 users who purchased or upgraded SoftRAID after August 1, 2002, will be entitled to a free upgrade to SoftRAID 3.